Daily Archive: August 24, 2011

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Presidential Fictions

Perhaps the strangest reaction to President Obama’s summer-reading list came from Mickey Kaus (emphasis his): Obama’s just-released “summer reading list” doesn’t offer a lot of evidence even for the “reads very widely” thesis. It’s...

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A Ghastly Price For Success: Krokodil

The war in Afghanistan (remember that one?) clearly is resulting in, at long last, a decrease in the opium poppy trade, and the concomitant decrease in the global supply of recreational heroin. Apparently, heroin...

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Poking My Head Up From Behind the Box-Fort

I know that this is not a problem limited to Commentary, or to today’s right-of-center magazines, but since Commentary is the establishment-conservative publication I read most regularly, it gets the blame.  The best part about writing this...

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Poor people don’t call the shots

There’s an interesting back-and-forth going on between Charles Davis and Radley Balko (with E.D. also offering a few cents of his own) over whether or not it’s a wise idea to link income tax...

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Open Thread: The Banks

Burt Likko notices that JP Morgan may be on the verge of buying up Bank of America – with lots of government help. Too big to fail gets even more entrenched. I think we...

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The Flaws and Shortcomings of Ron Paul

Matt Yglesias on Ron Paul: After looking at his positions and statements, the most remarkable thing is that if it weren’t for his loud fanbase of self-proclaimed libertarians you wouldn’t really think this is...

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Brienne of Tarth

League commenter Marianne is interested in Brienne of Tarth: Well…. for one thing I think a woman knight idolizing Renly that way is an interesting take on the conventions of chivalry and courtly love....

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Taxation and Skin

I’ve been pondering Erik’s and Elias’s posts on taxation and spending, and I think both of them touched on an important point about fiscal responsibility. Erik’s point (following on from Radley Balko’s article) about...

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